Forschungsschwerpunkt Translationale Neurowissenschaften Mainz


Research group „Pain and autonomic nervous system“

Our main research focus is the physiology of acute pain as well as the pathophysiology and therapy of chronic pain syndrome as the complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). A further research interest is the identification of mechanisms leading to endogenous pain inhibition on the one hand and of mechanisms being involved in chronic manifestation of pain on the other hand. We further investigate interactions of the autonomic nervous system, psychological mechanisms and the pain processing system. Therefore, we involve a broad range of psychophysical and electrophysiological as well as imaging methods (e.g. fMRI, rt-fMRI, VBM, PET). Depending on the research question we assess certain patient populations (e.g. patients suffering from painful/ non-painful diabetic polyneuropathy, CRPS, postherpetic neuropathy, migraine) or healthy subjects.


Head of group:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. F. Birklein


Team members:

Herr Dipl.-Psych. M. Breimhorst

Frau D. Buniatyan

Herr Dr. med. M. Féchir

Herr Dr. med. C. Geber

Frau G. Godefroid, M.Sc. in Psychology

Frau Dr. med. S. Mbialeu

Frau Dr. med. T. Schlereth


02. November 2017
NIC meeting
Renee Visser (University Camebridge) presents her work on “Imaging the dynamic nature of emotional memory” in the NIC meeting on Thursday, November 2nd at 12am. ...more
19. October 2017
NIC meeting
Benjamin Meyer (NIC) will present his new study investigating  “The neural networks of instructed fear” in the NIC meeting on Thursday, October 19th at 12 in the seminar room....more
14. September 2017
NIC meeting
Christian Paret (Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim) will give a talk on “Real-time fMRI neurofeedback from the amygdala: Feasibility, clinical application and brain mechanisms” in the NIC meeting on Thursday, September 14th....more